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Fallingwater, Mill Run

A Frank Lloyd Wright house built over a waterfall, Fallingwater was named the "best all-time work of American architecture" in 2007 by the American Institute of Architects. The family house was commissioned by Edgar Kaufmann Sr., and Wright welcomed the challenge. Kaufmann once dared to go behind Wright's back to consult an engineer about the risky design. Wright was so offended that he threatened to leave the project. Kaufmann relented, and Wright buried the engineer's report in one of the walls. The house was the Kaufmann family's weekend retreat until 1963, when the family gave it to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which opened it to the public. Notice the remarkable furniture--Wright designed it specifically for the space. Make Fallingwater a centerpiece of your Mill Run vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mill Run online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Book well in advance. Do not carry children because they do not want them. Complete the day with a picnic at Ohiopyle State Park, a few kilometers
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s crowning achievement, Fallingwater is really marvelous. First of all, it is in a beautiful rural setting, literally built right on top of a waterfall, with the walls built right i...  more »
  • If you are slightly interested in architecture, logic thinking, or stunning views - this is the first place you should go. The tour was extremely informative and really conveys how much intelligence g...  more »
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  • Superb experience. So much genius packed into one dwelling. Our tour guide, Edward, was phenomenal.. extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his job and the home. The visitor center was also spectacular. Has a nice cafe with good food (but not for the budget minded) and an extensive and we'll stocked museum store. We did the Bear Run hike afterwards which starts on the grounds. .. it was just a linear walk through the woods. .. a little disappointing as there was no "goal" reached. We were hoping it would lead down to the river or to some falls, but all it went to was a sign that said "end of trail" when it reached some railroad tracks.
  • It's a great place to visit to escape the summer heat. The house is in complete harmony with the falling water around it. Though it was built in the last century, it seemed very comfortable to live in by today's standard. The only draw back I found was that there's no cell phone reception at all when you are in Fallingwater's vicinity. If I were to revisit, I will definitely write down the directions to and from the place. Overall, very lovely.
  • The house is amazing, but sad. It was designed for a family - a vacation house to allow its inhabitants to be close to nature. It was meant to be lived in and loved by its owners. And I'm sure it was. But now it's a sterile museum, open to hoards of camera toting tourists who will spend an hour or two there and then leave. The house seemed so sad to me. It feels as though it's lost its soul. So maybe this is a bit too anthropomorphic a review. The house is beautiful. Go, take your pictures and try not to think too hard about it.
  • I have always wanted to visit this home. After it being an inspiration throughout most of my college career I finally got to visit and experience first hand the amazing architecture and the extraordinary sense of each space. Every detail and every space itself will leave you amazed. After you visit this site your view of nature and buildings will change for good! Definitely a must visit before you die kind of place.
  • Such a beautiful and unique architectural piece. This was a trip for the books. Absolutely loved the tour and the staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back and take the family.

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